Desire can lead to fulfillment(satisfaction)???
None of the pleasures we desire for ever give us lasting happiness or satisfaction.
There can indeed be 'noble' desires---like the desire for self-realization. There are other selfless desires too--like having and taking care of a child or a pet. But for the most part, I'm with you----most desires in maya don't give lasting happiness.
This seems to suggest that the expansion of Consciousness is complete. But is there really any end to such expansion? Could it be that the human experience is just one of The Infinite's realms of exploration and creation? Is not creation, by definition, a new expression? And are we, who are extensions of that Infinite Consciousness, the leading edge where unique desires are explored under specialized conditions and incorporated into the ever growing, never ending, experience of being?
If we incarnate in human form from a greater, fuller, conscious reality, is it not reasonable, even likely, that desire to do so, for what ever Reasons, are a driving force? And is wholeness and completeness necessarily the same, or for that matter, mutually exclusive?
Such a lovely post, WW. Pleasure to read. This is one lovely view of reality.
But of course, we don't know what reality's ultimate purpose is, even if there is one or if that's even the correct way to think about it in those terms.
My take (for what its worth) is that the realization that one is reality is a complete realization. It's the fulfillment of the ultimate desire. Beyond that there is not much to do. Using the dream analogy: No matter how fascinating, ultimately maya is a brief dream that you wake up from. This does not mean I don't enjoy maya for the most part---in fact, it much more fun now! In a way its funny because I'm a scientist and I explore mysteries of the brain everyday---but I have very little interest in exploring levels of consciousness or reality! But I remain fascinated by what unfolds.
In the end, our human perspective does color/filter everything, including the view from our true self. So no doubt, WW, Fore, TTD and I will have different points of view even after (about) self realization. As did Buddha, Shankara, ET and others!